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Jonathan Drouin dazzles again with goal against Penguins

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. — LW Jonathan Drouin continued his stellar preseason with another highlight-reel goal Tuesday night.

In the second period of the Lightning's 4-2 loss to the Penguins, Drouin darted into Pittsburgh's zone, deked out veteran D Ben Lovejoy and beat G Matt Murray with a slick shot over his right shoulder.

"Definitely a confidence-booster," Drouin said.

That's three goals in four preseason games for Drouin, who, while playing on a line with C Steven Stamkos, is showing he's ready for a bigger role.

"So far, so good," coach Jon Cooper said.

Star struck: As Tampa Bay prepared to play at War Memorial Arena, where the iconic Slap Shot movie was filmed, they were greeted by the actors who portrayed the "Hanson Brothers" from the movie. The trio was filming a promotional skit for NBC Sports Network in the Tampa Bay dressing room after the morning skate.

Several players, including RW Ryan Callahan, Stamkos and D Anton Stralman, posed for photos with the actors, all former hockey players (David Hanson, Steve Carlson and Jeff Carlson).

"It's like a time warp," Cooper said.

"Those guys are legends," Stamkos said. "They've still got it."

Johnstown (population: 20,000) hosted this inaugural event after earning the title of Kraft Hockeyville in online voting. NBCSN televised the game, led by legendary broadcasters Bob Costas and Doc Emrick. The arena, which fits around 4,000, was sold out.

Cooper said any benefits to the Lightning, the league, and Johnstown far outweighed the negatives of adding another exhibition game to its schedule.

"It's well worth it," Cooper said. "I'm so glad we came."

Lining up: Most of the regulars played Tuesday night, including Stamkos, Hedman and the Triplets line. And Stamkos isn't happy how Tampa Bay (1-3-1) is clicking with two exhibitions to go, including 0-for-6 on the power play.

"I'm more worried about the sloppiness of our play (Tuesday)," Stamkos said. "I know it's only preseason, but we only have two games left to get things going, so that's alarming."

New guy: G Kevin Poulin, claimed Sunday off waivers from the Islanders, had a rough Lightning debut. Poulin, who relieved starter Kristers Gudlevskis midway through the second, gave up a goal on his second shot (rebound by Evgeni Malkin). Then, Adam Clendening, positioned on the back boards, banked in a shorthanded goal off Poulin. Gudlevskis also gave up two goals.

Nuts and bolts: C Brian Boyle also scored for Tampa Bay. … Lightning radio play-by-play man Dave Mishkin, who began his career in Johnstown, was recognized before the game, receiving an ovation.

Contact Joe Smith at joesmith@tampabay.com. Follow @TBTimes_JSmith

Jonathan Drouin dazzles again with goal against Penguins 09/30/15 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 29, 2015 11:14pm]
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